Affordable Housing Task Force Issues Report; Suggests 10% of All New Housing Be Deemed Affordable

Posted by on Mar 24, 2010 in COAH and Affordable Housing Issues, Legislation

By: Michael J. Lipari, Esq.
The task force created by Governor Christie to examine and provide the Governor with recommendations on how to handle COAH and the future of affordable housing in New Jersey, has issued its findings and recommendations, which was published by the Governor’s office on March 23, 2010.

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Legislature Primed to Nullify “Time of Decision” Rule

Posted by on Mar 16, 2010 in Municipal Land Use Law, Time of Decision

By: Henry T. Chou, Esq.
*Update: Both Houses of the Legislature have now passed this bill, which will become law if and when Governor Christie signs it.*
Committees of both houses of the New Jersey Legislature have now approved a proposed bill that would change New Jersey’s longstanding “time of decision” rule, and the full Legislature is now poised to vote on the measure. On March 4, 2010, the Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee referred A-437 to the full Assembly. One month prior, on February 4, 2010, the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee referred its identical version of the bill, S-82, to the full Senate.

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NAACP Files Ethics Complaint Against Senators Lesniak and Bateman For Sponsoring Affordable Housing Bill

Posted by on Mar 9, 2010 in COAH and Affordable Housing Issues, Corruption

By Henry T. Chou, Esq.
The New Jersey NAACP has filed an ethics complaint against Senators Ray Lesniak (D-Union) and Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset), alleging that the Senators’ joint sponsorship of a new affordable housing bill that would, among other things, eliminate the New Jersey Council on Affordable Housing poses a conflict of interest because the Senators’ respective firms would stand to prosper financially from the proposed legislation.

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